The Buckeyes picked up their first two wins of 2010, defeating Pittsburgh and West Virginia last weekend. Sophomore Lauren Granberg scored the game-tying and game-winning goals Sunday against the Mountaineers.
A LOOK AT 2010
The Buckeyes have a combined 371 career starts among 14 returning upperclassmen. Twenty letterwinners and nine starters are back off last year's team that finished 14-4-2, 7-2-1 in the Big Ten and will join a group of seven talented freshmen in 2010.
Freshmen or sophomores accounted for 24 of 39 goals last season and the Buckeyes welcome back all four starters from last year's back line that played a huge part in giving up a program record low 13 goals, down from 39 two years ago.
SCOUTING THE FLYERS
Under the direction of 16th-year head coach Mike Tucker, Dayton has opened the season 3-1, defeating Butler, Toledo and Air Force. The Flyers suffered their first regular-season loss since 2008 when they fell at Colorado College last weekend. Sophomore Colleen Williams leads the Flyers with three goals. Goalkeeper Lisa Rodgers has not given up a goal in the two games she has played.
The Buckeyes hold a 6-1 lead in the all-time series, winning the last meeting in the 2003 NCAA tournament.
SCOUTING THE ZIPS
Led by 3rd-year head coach Chris Pfau, the Zips are 1-1 on the season, including a 3-0 win over 2009 NCAA tournament participant Illinois State. Sophomore Katie Wise leads the Zips with three goals, all coming in the win over the Redbirds.
Sunday will mark the first meeting between Ohio State and Akron.
THE COACHING STAFF
Ohio State is under the direction of 14th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to five NCAA tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09) as well as two Big Ten tournament championships (2002 and 2004). Greg Miller is in his third season as associate head coach and 10th overall with the Buckeyes. The 2010 season marks the third season for assistant coach Glen Tourville and the first for student assistant coach Lauren Robertson.
Cassie Dickerson was named a team captain for the third-consecutive season and is joined by defenders Lauren Beachy and Danielle Scoliere. The trio has combined for 126 career starts.
WHAT DO THE COACHES THINK?
Ohio State was picked to finish second in the Big Ten preseason coaches' poll. Penn State garnered the top spot in voting by the coaches for the eighth consecutive season.
DICKERSON ON M.A.C. HERMANN LIST
Defender Cassie Dickerson was named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy watch list, the Missouri Athletic Club announced.
The senior from Kalamazoo, Mich. was named a first-team All-Big Ten and All-Great Lakes Region selection in 2009 after starting 19 games at center back for the Buckeyes. A Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree, the three-time captain played the second-most minutes on the team, scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists on the season.
It marks the second time in program history that a Buckeye was named to the Hermann Trophy watch list after Lara Dickenmann was selected in 2007. The award is considered the highest individual honor in collegiate soccer.
GRANBERG NAMED BIG TEN POW
Sophomore Lauren Granberg was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after her two goal effort against West Virginia. She scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals just over a minute apart against the Mountaineers. The Edmonton, Alberta native also was named a collegesoccer360.com Primetime Performer of the Week for her efforts.
SUNDAE SUNDAY & PARENTS' NIGHT
The first 50 fans to the match against Akron Sunday evening will receive a FREE ice cream sundae cone. Sundaes will be available at each Sunday home match this season.
Sunday will also be Parents' Night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
AT HOME AT JESSE OWENS
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has proved to be a more than advantageous home for the Buckeyes in its 11 years of existence. Consider:
- The home team is 75-32-10 all-time.
- Ohio State is 56-15-8 since 2003 and 31-10-4 since 2006.
- The Buckeyes went 9-2-0 at home in 2009.
10 AT HOME...AND ADMISSION IS FREE
The Buckeyes' schedule includes 10 matches at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season with Big Ten action kicking off Oct. 3 against rival and Big Ten preseason favorite Penn State. 2010 marks the second consecutive season that admission to all Ohio State home soccer matches is free to all.
The Buckeyes host Cleveland State at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8.